Software update throttled 2013-2015 Model S vehicles
Suits underway in multiple countries
A new report from Norway says that Tesla has been convicted in court after throttling charging speeds and battery capacity through a software update. A group of more than 30 Tesla customers in the country won the judgement that could see the electric automaker paying billions in compensation to owners.
That’s billions of kroner, of course, but the sum of just under $200m is no small amount for the automaker. The report comes from Norweigian online newspaper Nettavisen, who said that the lawsuit concerned Tesla Model S models bought between 2013 and 2015. An update to the software of the car lead to longer charging times and reduced capacity.
The report says that the customers won in a conciliation council on April 29th with a default judgement as Tesla failed to respond to the lawsuit and its allegations. The owners behind the suit were awarded 136,000 kroner each ($20,000), which, if applied to every owner of a Model S purchased in the timeframe could cost 1.36B kroner ($200m).
The verdict was announced last week, and Tesla has until May 31 to pay the bill or until June 17th to appeal. Nettavisen said that Tesla would not comment on the matter.
This is not the only lawsuit about the software update to the models. 75 owners in Denmark have also sued the automaker, with other suits in other countries pending. The judgement in Norway could have an effect on the other suits, including a class-action suit in the US.